Story last updated at 5/9/2012 - 1:17 pm
Well, hello there. In last week's edition you may have seen my name sneak into our contact list, and it's past time I introduced myself.
I am from Waseca, a little town in Minnesota - when I say little, we're talking 8,000-11,000 depending upon the Census and which direction you're coming into town - the signs varied for years.
I went to college at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. - right next to Fargo, N.D., don'tchaknow? - and majored in print journalism and German. I moved down to Fairmont, Minn., for my first job with the Fairmont Sentinel and worked there for nearly three years. (I promise I don't use Minnesotanisms often. Maybe.)
I moved to Alaska for many reasons, but one was because I was tired of the endless view of corn and soybean fields - downwind of the cow/hog barns. OK, it wasn't all that bad, really. It's actually quite lovely and I do miss it, but I needed a change.
Personally, I enjoy casual hiking around Juneau's trails, baking - especially cupcakes, video games, landscape/nature photography and a myriad of other little things. This season will be the summer I learn to fish for salmon - that's the plan.
I have worked for the past (almost) two years as the city and education reporter for the Juneau Empire. Those of you who follow that paper know I wrote a lot about the City and Borough of Juneau - from the Assembly to airport, hospital and everything else - but also the Juneau School District. I had similar experience in Minnesota.
Sometimes people are surprised I am interested in being the editor of the Capital City Weekly having come from that kind of reporting background.
Truth is, city government reporting was never my true journalistic passion, and probably never will be. It was something I could do fairly well and that about sums it up.
What I absolutely enjoy the most is showcasing people's stories. I got to do that for the Empire when I went into the various schools here and reported on the unique things the students were learning.
Here's what I'd like to do for you: I want to tell your story. Your town, school, business, neighbor, best friend, whomever - they all have one (or more). Maybe it's not the most obvious thing that they do that's the most interesting.
I can't truly predict what I will bring to you during my tenure as editor here, but I can tell you what my initial goals are. I plan to continue providing as much of the things you love about Capital City Weekly as possible, building on what we have and making it better. We'll be talking about different design options that will enhance the paper. I want to ensure that this paper highlights all of our Southeast communities on a regular basis.
As I'm mulling through my own ideas I'd like to hear from our readers what you love, what you can't stand and what you've always wanted to see in the paper. Granted, we can't please everyone and have limited staff, but I'd love to get as much in as possible.
If you have a way with words and want to submit something, we whole-heartedly welcome that. If you just want to send ideas for good stories, please do that, too.
I am glad to be aboard and can't wait to start meeting more people from Southeast.